Hanae Mori, the renowned Japanese fashion designer, is dead and has been given a private funeral.


According to local media, Mori died in her Tokyo home on August 11.

No cause of death has been given.

Mori was the pioneering designer who brought Japanese motifs to the global haute couture stage.


She was also credited to have created the wedding dress worn by Empress Masako of Japan.

Famed for her butterfly designs, Mori was born in the rural prefecture of Shimane.

She later made her way to the city where she attended university and then design school.


Mori opened her own studio there in its still partly war-ravaged centre in 1951.

Working as a designer for movie directors would help her hone her style.

In 1965, she presented her first collection in New York, with her mixture of Eastern and Western themes gaining attention.

Over the next decade, shows in Europe followed in her footsteps.


Mori later opened a fashion house in Paris, becoming the first Asian woman to be admitted to a French haute couture association.

Notable commissions that followed before her retirement in 2004 included the dress worn by Empress Masako at her wedding to then-Crown Prince Naruhito in 1993.

She also designed uniforms for Japanese airline flight attendants and for Japan’s Olympic teams.

News of Mori’s passing comes at around the same time when Issey Miyake, another designer, died at 84.


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